I live in the state of juxtapositions. For the past week I've been in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, home to Shepherd University, where I am enrolled as a graduate student in Appalachian Studies. It's a program I've been a part of for the past couple[..]
Whenever I read a story about populations, no matter what the story is, I want to know the specifics of the demographics of the story. So on the day when we surpassed the 500,000 mark of deaths due to Covid, I wondered if there was[..]
Suppose you had $1,000 in your wallet as you prepared for vacation. Some thug comes along and steals your wallet with all your money. You have to cancel your vacation and meanwhile you come down with a contagious disease that lands you in the hospital.[..]
In some ways, Ted Bundy is an icon of the '70s. He mixed show biz and violence in a way that had never been done before. - Stephen Michaud [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5TZ6fTYrsE[/embed] Ann Rule and I used to talk about certain murder cases. We met when I[..]
There was this brief time between graduating from college getting full-time jobs that Tim and I went without health insurance. We had no coverage. I'll admit the need for health insurance was not something I had ever thought prior to this period in our lives. I[..]
All across this country, in schools in your very own neighborhood, are classrooms filled full of children who suffer from a wide-range of issues as a result of prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol. These children are suffering. Their mental and emotional limitations are vast[..]
Under Arizona law, the task of replacing Senator John McCain falls to Governor Doug Ducey. Political pundits far and wide are speculating on who the governor might appoint. Frontrunners include Jon Kyl, the former Senator from Arizona (1995-2013). Kyl has taken the lead on the[..]
Editor's Note: The following is an interview conducted by Shepherd University staff as part of the Appalachian Writers in Residence award. You can learn more about this program at shepherd.educ I am honored to have been selected Shepherd U's AHWIR for 2018. I will visiting[..]
I had an opportunity recently to go around the neighborhood and meet my neighbors. We are all new here. I met a nurse from Texas, a soldier from Portland, a retired life flight fella who is Jewish, an immigrant from Germany, two moms of toddlers.[..]
Author/Journalist Karen Spears Zacharias is a Gold Star daughter and an alumni of Oregon State University.
Karen's work has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, and Good Morning America.
Her debut novel, Mother of Rain (Mercer University Press), received the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction from Berea College and was adapted for the stage by Georgia's Historic State Theater, The Springer. In 2018, Karen was named Appalachian Heritage Writer by Shepherd University, and Mother of Rain was chosen as the One Book One West Virginia Read.
Her first true crime book A Silence of Mockingbirds was chosen by the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as the One City Read.
Karen's upcoming book The Murder Gene, is her second true crime work.
Karen and her husband, Tim, make their home in Deschutes County, Oregon.
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